The Snow Queen is always pictured as an alluring bombshell with gorgeous porcelain skin and a natural luminous glow. Although she may be the queen of all things frosty and frozen, her beauty is evergreen. The secret to the Ice Queen’s prestine skin is no fable and probably already in your freezer right now- an ice cube. Cryotherapy (from the Greek words “cryo,” meaning cold, and “therapy,” meaning cure) treatments have been used since the 17th century to help heal damaged tissue and preserve the skin. It may sound ridiculously simple, but using an ice cube to massage your skin can visibly make a difference to your skin’s appearance after just one use. Ice therapy or cold therapy is an old school beauty practice made popular in the Middle East and Russia. Ekaterina II of Russia, also known as Catherine the Great, used this cool method to preserve her reknown beauty. Icing is a simple, playful and fun way to rejuvenate the skin- without spending mega bucks at the salon!
Cryo Facials have become super popular in high-end luxury spa’s and often come with a hefty price tag that will make you shiver more than the treatment itself. The instant visible improvement after going for a Cryo Facial has earned this cool beauty treatment the nickname, ‘Frotox’, amongst its ambassadors.
Cryo Facial procedures involve placing a device, called a cryo-probe, filled with liquid nitrogen next to the nerves that control the muscles that cause wrinkles. This puts the nerves into temporary hibernation, so muscles relax and wrinkles disappear.
The cold also causes vasoconstriction (the tightening of the microcirculation) and then dilation of the blood vessels and capillaries. This improves the oxygen and nutrient supply to the skin’s surface and flushes toxins and impurities away from the skin. Cryo Facials give the skin an instantly taut and more defined look. And as nitrogen occurs naturally in the body — unlike Botox — you aren’t putting a foreign substance in to your system when going for a cold-facial.
Our crystal face wands can be used for a deluxe (and way Zen) Cryo Facial while you chill out in your onesie on the couch. Simply prepare a small bowl of water and add a couple of ice cubes. Hold your roller in the water for a few moments before you start to roll each area of your face. The gentle rolling action coupled with the cooling sensation of the stone will instantly tighten the skin and add a vibrant glow. Take it from me, after a late night, this is the ultimate treatment to rejevenuate tired skin.
The thought of icing yourself may make you shiver but ice therapy is truly a hot new way to battle ageing. Luckily, you don’t need to freeze yourself in a cryotherapy chamber to be beautiful in the future! Here’s how to create your very own personalised serum-cicles at home.
What You Need:
- A soft cotton cloth
- Icecube tray
Any of the following:
- Harvest Moon Facial Tea
- Rose Water
- Tea Tree Hydrosol
- Rooibos/ Green/ Chamomile Tea/ Peppermint Tea
- Cucumber juice (No juicer required- simply grate a cucumber into an unbleached coffee filter or muslin bag and strain!)
- Lemon Juice
You can either use your specially selected botanical blend of Harvest Moon Facial Tea or raid your kitchen cupboard to MYO herb selection. A blend of different herbs will be best to reap an array of botanical benefits.
Iced Tea Method: Add a tablespoon of herbs into a cup and fill with boiling water. Allow the water to cool and the tea to infuse for about ten minutes. Once cooled, strain and pour the liquid into an icecube tray. Pop into freezer and allow to freeze.
Once your infusions have frozen, pop one out as you need and wrap in a smooth cotton cloth. Remember to never apply ice directly to the skin as this can damage the fine capillaries in the skin.
Massage or pat the ice block gently in circles on the face, spending 1-2 minutes on each area.
Don’t wipe excess moisture away- let your face dry naturally! This way your skin will get maximum benefits out of this treatment!
Reduces excess oils, inflammation and puffiness:
Ice can calm redness and swelling, especially if you have cystic acne. It can even relieve pain in the same way it numbs bruises. However, remember that pimples are sensitive and also full of bacteria. So be careful when applying an ice cube on the face for acne. “Ice assists product delivery into the skin,” says Sun. “It helps to restore a healthy skin matrix by reducing swelling and inflammation, thus allowing products to penetrate deeper into the pores.” Ice therapy will leave your skin looking instantly fresh and dewy!
Firmer, tighter skin = instant facelift:
Any form of cold packs is an amazing remedy for puffy eyes. Constricting the blood vessels of the face, makes the skin appear tighter and significantly less red. Tightens, instantly firmer feeling skin. Natural, easiest facelift ever!
“In the morning, I always use a cube of ice on my face — it gives me a natural lift.”- supermodel, Irina Shayk
Stimulates circulation and bloodflow:
Fix dull skin by running an ice cube on your face. The coldness will boost your circulation, helping bring blood and color to your skin. Your complexion will naturally brighten even before you apply makeup. Come sunrise, applying an ice cube in the morning will double as a good wake-up call.
Minimize pores and preps for makeup:
Run an icecube (wrapped in a paper towel) over your face before you apply your makeup to prepare the skin for product application. This helps close your pores and reduce redness for an al naturale glow. This also helps makes your makeup last longer.
Ice therapy isn’t just for the hot Summer months, it’s the ideal way to boost a lack-lustre complexion and add direct hydration to the skin’s surface in Winter too.
Other than it’s beautifying effects, we love this beauty ritual because it inspires creativity and allows you to be the formulator for your own unique skin. If you’ve tried this beauty hack, we’d love to hear from your feedback and see your iced-tea creations!